Acquia Coverage

5 Reasons for the Boston Tech/Innovation Community To Be Thankful This Week [Nov. 25, 2013]

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VentureFizz

By Dennis Keohane

There is so much to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches this Thursday, especially as the robust tech ecosystem in Boston continues to trend upwards. Here is our list of a few specific things to appreciate as part of Boston's startup/innovation community this week.

Things are Going Great in Boston

The Startup Community should be really excited about what is going on these days in town. Not only because there seems to be more and more (sometimes surprising) funding announcements; not only because some "pillar" companies are stepping into the "public" consciousness and leading the next wave of Boston companies by sharing their experience and re-investing their dollars; not only because some of Boston's mobile app and e-commerce companies are expanding rapidly; but, because there is an almost palpable spirit of cooperation, widespread mentorship, and "all-in", familial mentality that is coursing through the city like never before.

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Top 5 Ways To Boost Holiday Sales By Leveraging The Web Site [Nov. 11, 2013]

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Retail TouchPoints

By Kelly O'Neill

It’s that time of year again when brands and retailers work to find the best way to market a product to drive the greatest amount of sales during the holiday season. But this year is different: limited retail floor space combined with consumers’ demand for more information in real-time has presented an opportunity for brands to create a direct-to-consumer connection, one that can inspire greater brand loyalty and drive more sales.

But how can this be done? With their web sites.

Believe it or not, a brand’s web site has greater influence on sales and brand loyalty than most people think. When the web site is designed correctly — delivering a seamless integration of content, social interaction and commerce opportunities that customers look for — the potential to inspire greater loyalty, engagement and sales increases significantly.

Here are the top five ways brands can better leverage their web sites this holiday season to drive sales and increase the direct-to-consumer relationship.

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Tech Sector Throws Lunchtime Dance Party [Nov. 7, 2013]

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donderdag, 7 november 2013
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The Boston Globe

By Callum Borchers

It’s lunch time in the Innovation District, so of course it’s time to paper over the windows, hang the strobe lights, and crank up the music.

Welcome to the new power lunch in Boston, about as far as you can get from the cushy banquettes of the downtown dining salons, where a buttoned-down waiter recommends the baked scrod and two guys in suits discuss weekend golf.

Instead, Lunch Beat Boston style is an amped-up dance hour, where the Seaport’s District Hall is turned into a darkened disco, and techies groove to thumping electronica so loud that networking becomes, by necessity, a wordless bounce to the beat with your neighbor.

Lunch Beat — a global franchise that started three years ago in the electronic dance music hub of Stockholm — is a noontime rave intended to break up the work routine with a midday jolt of techno tunes. Organizers in Greater Boston held their fourth such rave Wednesday at District Hall, the newly erected center of the city’s budding Innovation District.

“A lot of young people don’t want to just work and go home,” said Dries Buytaert, cofounder of Acquia, a software company that cosponsored the event. “They want to be part of something. They want to have an experience, so having some fun matters. It matters because it gives you a sense of purpose and makes work not just work.

“Technology people often come across as reserved, but I think they’re the first ones to drop their guards in an atmosphere like this,” Buytaert added.

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Ready for Launch: Five Steps for a Successful Go-Live [Nov. 4, 2013]

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maandag, 4 november 2013
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IT Business Edge

By Kim Wright

The launch of healthcare.gov has brought a tidal wave of criticism. Some say the code was buggy, others blame the servers, and still others blame the user experience. While we may not be able to pinpoint exactly what went wrong, one thing is certain: What should have been a great day for many Americans became the worst day for the technology providers behind healthcare.gov.

But healthcare.gov isn’t the only site to experience a bad launch day; it just happens to be the latest example of how a site that goes live before it’s ready can cause more harm than good. When we only look at technology projects in terms of code and hardware, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Technology projects should support the people, the projects, and the objectives of the mission they are being built to support.

With that in mind, Jessica Richmond, senior director of Government Professional Services at Acquia, has put together some tips for site developers to ensure that when a site gets the green light to go live, it’s ready for peak performance, regardless of the amount of traffic it may experience.

Announcing the 50 on Fire Finalists for Marketing & Advertising [Nov. 1, 2013]

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Vrijdag, 1 november 2013
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BostInno

There's a glow in Boston right now. Not only are Halloween jack o'lanterns illuminating our city streets, but the glory of a historic Red Sox World Series victory is igniting the Hub, fueling what is sure to be days of celebrations.

But we here at BostInno are about to add more fire to a city already hot with hometown pride.

The time has come to name finalists for BostInno’s second 50 on Fire. After months of anticipation and a grueling selection process, thousands of nominations have been narrowed down to less than 200. These are the extraordinary companies and individuals who burn brighter than the rest. They are the newsmakers, forward-thinkers, and innovators undeniably setting the scene aflame. Check out all the 50 on Fire Finalists here.

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What Caused HealthCare.gov To Collapse? [Oct. 30, 2013]

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woensdag, 30 oktober 2013
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Greater Boston

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellius testified before Congress for hours on Wednesday, saying she should be held accountable for the failures of the Affordable Care Act's website since it debuted on October 1.

That, while President Barack Obama was winging his way to Boston to tout the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, in spite of the website's rocky rollout. Faneuil Hall is where then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed health care into law in 2006.

Greater Boston was joined by two who make a living overseeing website rollouts: Richard Banfield, the CEO of the web development firm Fresh Tilled Soil, and Chris Comparato, an executive at the cloud-based software company Acquia.

Why Healthcare.gov Had a Troubled Debut [Oct. 17, 2013]

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Fedscoop

As millions flocked to healthcare.gov to research insurance options and sign up for plans under the Affordable Care Act, many experienced major issues with the site — problems that have only increased in the two weeks since the site opened for business...

Todd Akers, vice president of public sector at Acquia, said when rolling out projects of this scale, it is crucial to ensure there’s a defined goal.

“Having a strong relationship with the development team will mean the best possible outcome for the project,” he said. “You need to iterate on the critical tasks. Too often, you see projects lose focus on the goal, and overall delivery quality can be reduced.”

The health care act is different because unlike similar projects, it is mandated by law. According to a congressional staffer familiar with the issue and who spoke on background, the deadline established by the law made the website launch more complicated.

Drupal's on Steroids and It's Disrupting the Enterprise [Oct. 17, 2013]

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donderdag, 17 oktober 2013
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New Media

DENVER, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine one of the largest school districts in the country reducing their software costs from $90 a student to $1 per student. By creating a complete set of applications built on Drupal, and replacing or repurposing licensed tools, the district would be able to reduce 50+ different applications down by over half, while simultaneously adding substantial new features and functionality, all with a single, main interface for 800,000 students and 84 schools. With one Drupal platform there is less maintenance, less training needed, and fewer updates… plus, an ongoing savings of millions of dollars a year.

Web development companies like NewMedia in Denver are putting Open Source tools like Drupal on steroids to create transformative enterprise solutions for school districts, state governments, and large companies. They are pushing the boundaries of where Drupal can go in the enterprise and changing how business looks at open source software.

Steve Morris, Director of Business Development at NewMedia says, "Drupal itself cannot run a billion dollar enterprise, but it can link together and control the things that do and interface many of those things along the way. It can be a stand-alone entity that does things all by itself or a connector for five other entities, so they can all work together. It can be a controller of five other entities and run them all at once, by modifying it in new and previously unintended ways. That's the flexibility of Drupal."

NewMedia has been pumping up recent projects with Drupal both as a framework and/or a component for complex enterprise needs:
- The University of Colorado was introduced to Drupal when NewMedia redeveloped their 7000 page static website with it, and the experience has dramatically changed how CU operates its websites ever since. What used to take 5 full-time people to maintain, now takes one person 20 hours per week, and CU has gone on to become a recognized leader in Drupal among educational groups.

Head in the Cloud: Emphasizing Customer Service in the Era of Cloud Computing [Oct. 7, 2013]

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maandag, 7 oktober 2013
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1to1 Media

By Anna Papachristos

Though cloud-based technology has been part of the enterprise for nearly a decade, today’s tools offer simple solutions that allow organizations to bridge internal gaps, gather consumer insight, and boost the omnichannel experience.

With feet on the ground, and heads in "the cloud," today's customer experience professionals continue to develop their service offerings by investing in emerging technologies that extend and enhance the customer relationship. Through cloud computing and applications, companies across industries have been able to improve their software capabilities and data collection methods in ways that allow for stronger customer engagement and brand loyalty.

Yet, while such tools have become an accepted and integral part of the customer service space, less than one decade ago, these revolutionary technologies were on the cusp of altering the way businesses connect with customers, employees, and partners.

"Just a few short years ago, cloud computing was considered less than a mainstream idea, something more suited to early adopters," says Bryan House, vice president of product marketing at Acquia. "With reduced costs, less need for staff, redundancy, and scalability, the cloud is now presumed to be the smart option, and sometimes the only option. Six years ago, platforms for marketing automation, email, CRM, analytics, and digital experiences were on premise. You'd never consider hosting them in a datacenter. But today, the cloud is just presumed to be the easier way."

Cloud technology has grown in sophistication to keep up with the speed and demands of today's digital marketplace. Because many organizations face fewer IT resources and smaller IT budgets, cloud services fulfill an important need for innovation and responsive design. Vish Mavathur, vice president and head of cloud services at iGate, notes that the cloud is not a single technology, but a set of convergent technologies that are steadily coming together to transform the experience on information technology. Cloud-based systems offer cost efficiency, scalability, and agility so companies may adjust their performance according to demand, thus devoting less time to maintenance and support, and more time to innovation and business-driven results.

New Balance Sports Research Lab Site Improves Digital Footprint [Oct. 7, 2013]

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Retail Touchpoints

The explosion of digital in the fitness community has made tracking daily activity and performance easier than ever. Mobile apps, content-rich web sites and user-friendly products enable the consumer to stay connected with their goals while personalizing the experience at the same time.

The same can be said about what consumers choose to wear and lace up. How can you perform at your best if your footwear in particular isn’t delivering the comfort, feel and look you want?

The New Balance web site, Sports Research Lab, takes this idea and runs with it.

Combining A Digital And Interactive Experience

The web site serves as a test program, which engages consumers with New Balance designers, manufacturers and product managers to provide feedback on prototype footwear.

When a consumer comes to the Sports Research Lab site and applies to be part of the test group, a prototype is sent to them for initial impressions: how the shoe feels, looks and performs. Those results are then received by the design, manufacturing and production team, which they then use to make alterations to fit those needs. This process consists of several stages between both groups to enhance future prototypes until it is ready for production.

le CMS Cloud Site Factory accélère le déploiement des fermes de sites Web [4 Oct. 2013]

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Silicon.fr

À l’occasion de l’Open World Forum 2013, Cyril Reinhard, directeur Europe du Sud de l’éditeur Acquia, revient sur le lancement estival de Acquia Cloud Site Factory, plateforme de création et de gestion multi-sites basés sur le CMS open source Drupal.

Silicon.fr : Quels sont les atouts techniques et fonctionnels d’Acquia Cloud Site Factory ?

Cyril Reinhard : Acquia Cloud Site Factory est une évolution de Drupal Gardens. Adaptée aux besoins des entreprises, cette offre « tout compris » permet de rapidement créer, héberger et gérer une ferme de sites web, notamment promotionnels (artistes, marques, produits…). Les atouts : la réduction des coûts et la réactivité pour les directions métiers, une administration multi-sites simplifiée pour les responsables informatiques.

Acquia CEO on Open Innovation and New Markets for Drupal [Sept. 30, 2013]

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maandag, 30 september 2013
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OpenSource.com

By Jason Hibbets

Drupal is seeing tremendous growth in adoption and high demand for Drupal talent. Over the last few years, I’ve watched Drupal evolve from a content management system to a social publishing platform, and now it’s looking to establish itself as a web engagement management platform—managing more than just content. Drupal already has a strong presence in government, media, publishing, higher education, and high tech. So, what markets are next?

To find out we asked the CEO of a different company, Tom Erickson of Acquia. Drupal is a free, open source web development platform for online content and user communities, and Acquia is a commercial open source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Together with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson, Tom is a founding director of Acquia, and in 2009, he became CEO. He has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software and is passionate about travel, photography, and open innovation.

We asked Erickson about Acquia’s roadmap as they move ahead, some of their highlights from 2013, the future of open hardware, and what’s being done to drum up Drupal talent. We also got his big picture thoughts on open source and open innovation. He was, however, tight-lipped about his upcoming talk at All Things Open. Read on for more in this interview.

What are some of the business sectors where Drupal is being deployed today that you didn't expect a year ago?

One of the biggest business sectors that Drupal has deployed that’s new is actually in pharmaceuticals. While it’s an area that Drupal historically hasn’t been used in a lot, it’s growing quickly because the pharmaceutical industry is going through massive destructive changes, and with those changes, they’ve got to re-do their business processes and lower their costs.

Acquia lance son usine à sites web : Cloud Site Factory [9 Sept 2013]

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Spécialiste du CMS open source Drupal, Acquia lève aujourd’hui le voile sur Cloud Site Factory, une offre qui permet de créer et héberger rapidement – et facilement – un site web sur mesure.

Cette solution est avant tout dédiée aux services marketing des entreprises, dont les besoins en termes de sites web sont souvent importants. En effet, ces derniers sont en charge de mettre en avant les marques des entreprises, en général sur des micro-sites dédiés.

Acquia: Revenue to Near $70M, but No Rush for IPO [Sept. 17, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Acquia expects major revenue growth again for 2013 but there is "nothing imminent" planned in terms of taking the company public, CEO Tom Erickson said in an interview.

Acquia provides enterprises with cloud hosting and related tools and services for websites created using Drupal, an open-source content management and site development platform. Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert is the original creator of Drupal and serves as the firm's CTO.

The company has grown steadily in recent years amid growing adoption of Drupal among large enterprises. Acquia reported more than $45 million in revenue last year, more than doubling its top line from the previous year.
Erickson said Acquia expects about 50 percent revenue growth for 2013, which would equal about $68 million in revenue.

That would put the firm within the revenue range during which many venture-backed tech firms consider going public. And Erickson said Acquia does have a strong opportunity for an IPO.

Acquia Unveils Free Version of Acquia Cloud [Sept. 12, 2013]

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donderdag, 12 september 2013
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CMSWire

By Anthony Myers

Acquia will now provide a free version of its cloud based content management system Acquia Cloud, and Drupal developers can now develop and stage content there to test out their websites.

Free Developer Sandbox
Aqcuia Cloud Free is a bit different from the free Acquia Cloud versions that had previously been in place. This version doesn't require a credit card to set up, and there is no expiration date on the account. The catch is, it's not for production sites, as enticing as that would obviously be.

Instead, Acquia Cloud Free is a place for developers to try out workflow tools and deploy code between development and staging environments, Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and Acquia CTO wrote in a blog post.

"It's a stress free environment to test out features and build skills," Jess Iandiorio, senior director of Cloud product marketing at Acquia said in an interview. "What people can do with this is use it as a sandbox, and it's the best place for devs to learn."

Integrated Shopping Solution from Acquia [Sept. 10, 2013]

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dinsdag, 10 september 2013
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KMWorld

Acquia has released Commerce Cloud, which is said to be the first digital experience platform designed to bring content to commerce. Acquia says its new offering enables creation of content-rich, socially enabled, integrated shopping experiences.

Further, Acquia reports, Commerce Cloud allows brands to build and deliver content-rich, engaging shopping experiences with the flexibility, scalability and security required. Commerce Cloud is available as a service, and delivered on the most secure, scalable and reliable cloud environment available for Drupal, says Acquia.

Best Advice I Ever Got: Dries Buytaert [Sept. 9, 2013]

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maandag, 9 september 2013
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Inc. Magazine

Original Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder/CTO Dries Buytaert explains why startup founders can never think too big--and shares his story of open-source web publishing.

When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What's even more exciting is the open-source community that has grown up around Drupal. More than 20,000 contributors share their code and are responsible for the Drupal we know today.

I co-founded Acquia six years ago to support the growing number of organizations that rely on Drupal, and also co-founded Mollom to solve the spam moderation challenges for website owners. Six years later, Mollom was acquired, and Acquia has almost 400 employees. As I've encountered challenges every step of the way, I've discovered that some of the best advice I've received is useful no matter what the project.

1. Think big

So often I meet entrepreneurs who are working on a startup concept. They have a great idea and a business plan to bring it to market, but they're thinking too small about what they're trying to do.

Acquia Announces Commerce Cloud For Integrated Shopping Experiences [Sept. 5, 2013]

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donderdag, 5 september 2013
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Retail Solutions Online

Enables Brands to Create Content-Rich, Socially Immersive Shopping Experiences That Create Brand Champions

Burlington, MA - Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, is announcing the availability of Acquia Commerce Cloud, the first digital experience platform to bring content to commerce. Acquia Commerce Cloud enables you to create content-rich, socially enabled, fully integrated shopping experiences and effortlessly deploy and scale them to a high-performance, highly secure cloud platform.

With the shift to digital engagement and the ability for a consumer to connect anytime and anywhere, brands have gained an incredible opportunity to build relationships directly with customers. Digital is driving the trend toward direct-to-consumer commerce. That's why a great digital presence is a business imperative. In order to drive sales and build evangelists, brands need a unified digital experience for product discovery, research, and purchase. And with the explosive growth of mobile commerce, brands need to deliver a consistent digital experience across a growing mix of devices and channels.

Acquia Hires Dennis Morgan, Formerly of Yahoo & Buddy Media, as CFO [Sept. 3, 2013]

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dinsdag, 3 september 2013
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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Acquia said Tuesday it has hired software industry veteran Dennis Morgan as its new chief financial officer. Morgan had most recently been CFO of New York-based Buddy Media, which Salesforce acquired for $745 million last year. Previously, Morgan had been VP of corporate finance at Yahoo, and before that held CFO posts at EPAC Technologies Inc., Panther Express Corp. and Vibrant Media.

Acquia provides tools and support for enterprises using the open-source Drupal Web publishing platform; Drupal has surged in popularity among enterprises in recent years due to the potential for cost savings and the flexibility of design.

Open-source Code: By the People, For the People [Aug. 29, 2013]

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donderdag, 29 augustus 2013
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VentureBeat

By Dries Buytaert

Many organizations adopt open source for reasons like flexibility and agility. Everyone needs to do more with less. But in government, open source drives both civic engagement and government participation like never before. Because of digital, the world feels much smaller and more connected. And open source gives people the opportunity to rally around a cause, no matter where they live.

Think about how we petitioned our government before we had the We The People website. I bet you have to think pretty hard about how it was done (I do!). Now, a website has brought to life the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. Millions of people’s voices are heard. People pull together based on common concerns. The White House built We The People using Drupal and shared the code on GitHub, opening up the opportunity for other governments to easily create their own online petitioning systems.

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